Nino reached 800 official matches against Granada as a professional

The forward of the Elche CF Juan Francisco Martínez ‘Nino’ met this past Sunday in the match against grenade 800 official matches as a professional.

The player from Almeria, an idol of the Elche fans, jumped onto the pitch in the 83rd minute, when his team was already losing 2-1.

The 800 official matches, according to media data Franjiverde newspaper, collected from the BD Fútbol database, correspond to 23 seasons as a professional.

More than half of those 800 games (470) he has played with Elche, the club where he made his debut and from which he left to return nine seasons later after a tour of Levante, Tenerife and Osasuna.

The attacker, who is the player with the most official matches in the history of the Elche and its highest historical producer. In addition, he is also the footballer with the most matches in the Second Division (578) and the top scorer ever in this category.

The club from Elche has not made any mention as it is a record that does not correspond exclusively to his time at the club, as sources from the entity have confirmed to Efe. Neither does LaLiga, as these are data that include their matches in Second B.

Nino, whose role this season is being less relevant, also has a new record at hand this season, since at 40 years and eight months he can become the oldest scorer in the history of the competition, surpassing the Hispanic Brazilian Donato Gama da Silva, if he manages to score this season.